In this installment of the Crosky on Soccer Podcast, I interview Colorado Rapids Team President, Tim Hinchey. We discuss a variety of topics, ranging from his experience in the sports industry to his thoughts on who should be the next FIFA President, to what he would do as commissioner of Major League Soccer.
I had the privilege of working for Mr. Hinchey in 2011, and I can honestly say he was one of the most inspiring managers I ever worked for. As I mention in the podcast, his “One Club” initiative was one of my favorite aspects of working for the Rapids. He is a man of conviction, integrity, and a strong moral code. I believe those attributes come across loud and clear in the interview.
Listen to Episode 16 of the Crosky on Soccer Podcast. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!
Tim Hinchey was named President of the Colorado Rapids on December 12, 2011, bringing more than 20 years of experience in professional sports in the United States and England to the role. Having originally joined the Rapids in November 2010 as the club’s Chief Marketing Officer, Hinchey has overseen growth and development of the franchise, including increased attendance and sponsorship revenue, and a more than 100% increase in season ticket holder accounts.
Before coming to Colorado, Hinchey served as the Vice President of Commercial for English Football League Championship side Derby County for three years. While there he oversaw a radical change in the club’s commercial approach, introducing a number of innovative ideas and policies unique to English football that have brought great success and results off the field. The Rams broke new ground by becoming the first club to secure a ‘Season Presenting Partner’ when telecoms firm Buymobilephones.net signed up for the 2008-09 season, a relationship which grew to become Derby County’s shirt sponsor through 2013. Under his leadership, the Rams more than doubled their sponsorship revenue and saw record sales figures for corporate hospitality.
Prior to joining DCFC, Hinchey was with the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats as their Executive Vice President of Business Operations. During his time there, the Bobcats smashed their all-time season ticket record and introduced 22 new corporate partners, more than doubling corporate sales revenue in one year. He previously served as senior vice president of corporate development and chief marketing officer for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets where he was responsible for the team’s corporate partnerships, partner services, luxury suite sales and service and the start-up of the team’s relocation to Oklahoma City and its subsequent success in ticket sales and corporate development.
(Bio from ColoradoRapids.com)